• Reduce the noise from illegally modified motorcycles and mopeds by implementing existing legal means
    Noise pollution is an invisible danger. It cannot be seen, but it is present nonetheless, Noise pollution is considered to be any unwanted or disturbing sound that affects the health and well-being of humans and other organisms. Sound is measured in decibels. There are many sounds in the environment, from rustling leaves (20 to 30 decibels) to a thunderclap (120 decibels) to the wail of a siren (120 to 140 decibels). Sounds that reach 85 decibels or higher can harm a person’s ears. Sound sources that exceed this threshold include familiar things, such as power lawn mowers (90 decibels), underground trains (90 to 115 decibels), and loud rock concerts (110 to 120 decibels). Noise pollution impacts millions of people on a daily basis. The most common health problem it causes is Noise Induced Hearing Loss. Exposure to loud noise can also cause high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep disturbances, and stress. These health problems can affect all age groups, especially children. Many children who live near noisy airports or streets have been found to suffer from stress and other problems, such as impairments in memory, attention level, and reading skill.
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  • Protect Noctorum Field & Preserve Wirral Green Space
    Protecting Noctorum Field as a Local Green Space is just one of the many local acts needed globally to protect the planet. Your support for this petition is an act of climate responsibility. Sustaining, protecting, growing and defending our natural and ancient green spaces requires people to care about the environment and eco-cultures in their localities. And resident and people led movements to protect their local lived environment can support our elected and borough officials to protect the social, environmental values of the biosphere for the well-being people locally and globally.
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  • Save Orient Way Pocket Park
    In the midst of the Climate Emergency, the struggle to mitigate the Covid 19 legacy and the impending Lea Bridge Gas Works scheme, we all , humans and wildlife, need this calm, green oasis more than ever.
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  • Stop Releasing Contaminated Rainwater into the Tamar
    We are in the middle of a climate and ecological crisis which means companies must be polluting less, not polluting more. It endangers not only Plymouth but the surrounding areas [such as Saltash and Torpoint]. It is insidious and the effects could be long-lasting not only on the current generation but on future generations. In November 2008, 280 litres of radioactive liquid poured into the River Tamar after a hose burst. In 2005, refit work was temporarily suspended on HMS Victorious after two radioactive leaks in one week. All in all, at least ten serious nuclear leaks have been reported at Devonport in the last thirty years with 570 litres of radioactive liquid lost overall. Now the MOD wants to add more irradiated rainwater into the River Tamar. We must put a stop to it. Now!
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  • Save the Wild, Wooded & Biodiverse Areas of the Quarry Site Development in North Stamford!
    As local residents who love the outdoors and respect the importance of our rural landscape, we want our local authorities to commit to meaningful and substantial protection of existing wilderness and biodiversity. Once it's gone it won't come back! We certainly do not want tokenistic, uninspiring tamed landscapes commonly found in crammed into housing developments; insultingly labelled as ‘green spaces’ and 'country parks'. As a local resident, my family visits the quarry multiple times a week, as do my local friends. This wild, natural site is a beautiful, unspoiled place for wooded walks, mountain biking, picnics, birdwatching, sunsets, and general outdoors greenery, nature and wellbeing, away from populated areas. It clearly has high biodiversity. We frequently see a variety of butterflies, bees, dragonflies, frogs, and protected wildlife such as bats, newts and a wide range of wild birds. Further development would harm these precious, vital natural systems. We must protect them properly and give them space to thrive. My family, friends, and I are devastated at the prospect of this special place being so unfairly reduced. My daughter is the most confident little track/mountain biker at age 5, because of this perfect oasis on our doorstep. The rough, wild tracks and landscape have allowed her to become a warrior and nature-lover alike. She helps pick litter and cares very much. I seriously doubt she and her friends would have any such deep, meaningful respect for sterile, artificial environments. We have recently adopted a child too, and a huge part of what we could offer as a family when chosen, were the natural surroundings on our doorstep; opportunities to experience wild adventure daily. For us North Stamford residents, the quarry is very accessible, and it is a totally different place to parks and sites like Burghley, which are also wonderful in their own ways! The quarry site offers a wild and untamed landscape which is fantastic for instilling resilience, adventure, and respect for nature in our children. Such a wild landscape plays an important part in our responsibility to repair biodiversity. ‘Development’ and 'growth' should NOT mean paving over precious wild spaces and cramming in housing. It SHOULD mean preserving natural environments and the wholesome enrichment they offer. I am aware local authorities plan for functional, safe and pleasant surroundings. However, my petition goes beyond this. It aims for you to commit to meaningful and substantial protection of existing wilderness; certainly not tokenistic, uninspiring tamed landscapes commonly found in housing developments; insultingly labelled as ‘green spaces’ and 'country parks'. As a practicing Child and Educational Psychologist, I strongly advocate for our children's mental health and resilience flourishing with true nature and physical adventure. Mountain biking, walking, scrambling, bush craft, nature conservation, birdwatching and countryside appreciation are all wonderful things our community can do in these woods and meadows. Such a wild landscape plays an important part in our responsibility to repair biodiversity. ‘Development’ and 'growth' should NOT mean paving over precious wild spaces and cramming in housing. It SHOULD mean preserving natural environments and the wholesome enrichment they offer. We should embrace and protect our rural heart. Join me in taking a stand and having a voice, to protect and embrace our rural heart, landscape and biodiversity!
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  • The UK must match the rest of Europe and ban single-use plastic
    The government has yet to open a consultation on the issue which means a decision, or a ban could be months, or even years away. We are now in danger of falling behind the rest of Europe in implementing these very minimum of steps. Despite the welcome banning of straws, stirrers and cotton buds, in October 2020, the UK has yet to legislate for the banning of the rest of the items included under the Directive, which we know to be among the most polluting. Packaging from take-away food and drinks is a huge cause of plastic pollution and items like plastic cutlery and take-away containers are consistently in the top ten most polluting items found on beaches around the world. New research has revealed that food containers and food wrappers are amongst the four most widespread items polluting our oceans, rivers and beaches.
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    The trees under threat are 120 years old and a spectacular addition to the amenity of the Gardens, enjoyed by generations of residents and visitors. The Gardens have a recently renovated playground which attracts families from across the city. The proposed pollarding seriously disfigures the trees in perpetuity, making them unattractive and unnatural in appearance. At a time of environmental emergency, the city council should find more creative solutions to the problem of building subsidence than simply chopping back trees that have graced the neighbourhood for more than a century.
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  • End Barren Battery Cages for Quails
    A barren battery cage ban was introduced in through the EU to protect the welfare of laying hens but it wasn't extended to include the beautiful egg laying quail. The vast majority of Quail are farmed intensively in barren battery cages or overcrowded barns. The EU produces over 100 million Quail but the industry is unregulated and there are no official published stastics on this. It blows our mind that there is still an unregulated industry. Quail is positioned and marketed as a "luxury" high end product that is a delicacy. Yet Quail are farmed intensively in battery cages and overcrowded barns. Many have as little space as a beer mat. The Quail industry creates suffering on an enormous scale when there is a better way. You can be the change by signing and sharing this petition to regulate the Quail industry. We believe we really all can be the change when we work together. Barren Battery Quail industries don't exist for hens due to regulations and they don't need to exist for Quails. Be the change and sign today.
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  • Stop using Glyphosate weed killer
    Research shows that herbicide use has multiple harmful effects on human and animal health, and causes environmental pollution and degradation. Glyphosate has, according to recent studies, been linked to the death of bees. It weakens their gut bacteria making them more susceptible to disease leading to a higher bee mortality rate. Bees play an essential role in our ecosystem because of their primary mission, which is pollination. This action allows plants to reproduce. Bees are among the most effective pollinating insects alongside wasps and butterflies. Globally, there are more honey bees than any other pollinating insects. They are vital to pollinate the plants that produce the food that we eat to survive. Pollination is vital to the health of the global food system. And a single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers in one day. If the bees go extinct, a ripple effect will be felt through the ecosystems, such as a plant die-off that will impact the entire food chain. "The absence of bees and other pollinators would wipe out coffee, apples, almonds, tomatoes, and cocoa, to name just a few of the crops that rely on pollination," Graziano da Silva, scholar and director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization from 2012 to 2019. There have been 3 successful lawsuits against Monsanto (now owned by Bayer), which brought glyphosate-based herbicides to the market in the 1970s, and there are many more cases going to trial. Nineteen countries have already either banned or restricted the use of glyphosate, and 5 more have plans to do so imminently. Many towns and cities across the world have made the decision to go pesticide-free, using methods such as hot-foam, flame weeding, scraping, acetic acid solution and accepting a certain level of ‘weediness’.
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  • Ban the export of plastic waste from the UK
    Stop transferring a waste problem to other countries. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-57139474
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  • Remove the plastic grass and support biodiversity and community.
    The Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act (2006) requires all public authorities to have regard for conserving biodiversity in the exercise of their functions. Planning policies and decisions should minimise impacts on and provide net gains for biodiversity. Artificial grass holds no biodiversity net gains. Burrowing insects, such as solitary bees can’t get past the membrane, and worms beneath the soil are compromised and unreachable by consumers within each habitat community. This is likely to have a negative impact on local bird populations and other consumers, as the food source within the food chain is being reduced and/or removed. Britain’s bees are in trouble with 35 UK bee species under threat of extinction. The implications of this on human food sources, are colossal. We need to be enhancing bee’s habitats and feeding ground, not destroying it. The health of each planter ecosystem is threatened, as a plastic environment is not life sustaining. Though seemingly small, this could have far reaching, negative impact. Harrogate Borough Council’s Carbon Reduction Strategy highlights the damaging effects of climate change and refers to the UK Climate Change Act 2008, which sets the legally binding UK-wide carbon budget. The removal of living flora has removed carbon sequestration and biodiversity. The use of artificial grass provides no biodiversity benefits, furthermore its production and degradation add to carbon emissions. Though this artificial grass may be possible to recycle, the financial and environmental costs of this have not been considered. Though it may be long-lasting, the threat to human health via micro plastics washing into local drainage systems; carcinogenic substances present, and possible burn hazards in hotter temperatures, has not been considered. Key points within the HBC Carbon Reduction strategy include: ‘The council has a corporate responsibility both as a large employer and a community leader to take action to reduce emissions.’ The removal of flora, use of plastic and lack of community consultation and engagement has directly contradicted this point. Priority 4 states to ‘eliminate all single-use plastic from their premises where possible.’ The use of this plastic grass was completely avoidable. Had the council consulted with the public, many alternative options could have been explored, supporting community involvement and well-being. With much research on nature supporting emotional well-being, and considering the current lockdown and rise in mental health concerns, engaging community with outdoor, nature-based activities should be a priority for our council. We believe in community and unity. Together, we are capable of truly wonderful things. We need a council that works with the community and supports community engagement. Considering the legally binding aspects mentioned above; biodiversity net gain and carbon reduction should be a priority for our council. The natural world provides us with water to drink, air to breathe, and food to eat. Everything is linked and everything we do matters. We must protect the environment for moral and economic reasons. We need more habitats, not more plastic.
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  • Re-introduction of the Collection of "Food Waste" in Market Harborough
    As a community we need to be doing as much as possible to protect our environment. In re-introducing food waste collection and reducing the amount of food waste going to landfill this will help to reduce greenhouse gases being created and global warming. We are all individually responsible in looking after our planet that we inhabit.
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